Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

Abingdon Theater Partnership

In Students, Theater on October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Opportunities Abound for Students, Faculty, and Alumni

The theater department at Quinnipiac University is continuing their partnership with the Abingdon Theater in New York City. The Abingdon is an exciting off-Broadway theater that focuses on new American plays. This partnership offers a full season of professional workshops specifically designed for Quinnipiac students. In addition to the workshops Quinnipiac students can spend a week in residency at the Abingdon this spring where they will present a new original play.

The Abington’s professional workshops are open to all members of the Quinnipiac community (including faculty and alumni) and offer hands-on training in the following areas: Stage Combat, Shakespearean Acting, Theater For Young Audiences, Writing a One-Person Show, and Improvisational Performing. In addition to these workshops the Abingdon will host an end of the year professional training session led by a New York casting agent.

During the 2011 fall semester students from professor Crystal Brian’s playwriting course traveled to New York where their original one-act plays were work-shopped at the Abingdon using professional actors from New York City. During the 2012 spring semester the Artistic Director of the Abingdon, Jan Buttram traveled to Quinnipiac University with Associate Artistic Director, Kim Sharp and professional playwright Bara Swain to conduct a workshop on “How to Start Your Own Theater Company”. Some of the students who attended are pictured above with Ms. Buttram and Ms. Swain.

This partnership was created in 2009 as a way of offering training and networking opportunities for our students. Since 2009 the Abingdon has become a professional home for many Quinnipiac graduates. QU students have worked at the Abingdon as playwrights, stage managers, and literary assistants.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Abingdon-Quinnipiac Partnership should email Kevin Daly at Kevin.Daly@quinnipiac.edu

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